A quick glance around the corner of 43rd Street and Upton Ave South might dishearten the average Linden Hills resident. With Linden Hills Florist, Bayers Hardware, and the former hairdresser that once sat between the two all missing, and with Linden Hills Yarn slated to move to different digs, it might seem like the entire commercial village is falling apart.
While some stores' business has declined since the Linden Hills Co-Op departed for the corner of 44th Street and France Ave, the neighborhood is still attractive to retailers. Owl Optical joined the neighborhood in late 2012. The landlords behind the various vacant and soon-to-be-vacated spaces have told Patch in recent days that they all have several potential tennants lined up.
One of the first to move in will be Honeyshine, a home furninshings and gifts boutique currently based in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood. It will replace Linden Hills Yarn & Textile in early May. The yarn store will be decamping to St. Louis Park.
That name should be familiar to readers of Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine and Minnesota Monthly—the shop won a "best of" award from the latter publication last year, and has been featured in both several times in its scant two years of existence.
In an announcement posted on its website, Honeyshine's co-owners Adam Braun and Daisey Mitchell described the store as "a combination of modern, vintage, contemporary and quirky items pulled together with a fresh, but lived-in vibe."
“We are inspired by curating a collection of interesting things from smaller, emerging designers,” Braun wrote.
“We find old and new things we love and combine them — if our collection feels boring, predictable or redundant, we start over,” Mitchell added.
The store also offers room design and styling services.